Sorcerous Spyglass

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Ixalan (XLN) Rare

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Sorcerous Spyglass

Artifact

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Sorcerous Spyglass Discussion

AgentJackjohn on Mono black aggro+counter

5 days ago

I'd say your sideboard should be

4x Duress

3x Doomfall

3x Vraska's Contempt (or Hour of Glory if you wanna be a bit more budget)

3x Sentinel Totem or Crook of Condemnation

2x Sorcerous Spyglass

Also in your mainboard I'd personally change the 3x Nest of Scarabs to 3x Throne of the God-Pharaoh. Doing that you'll get a bit more value out of your creatures swinging/crewing in each turn. Going wide isn't really something you'd need from the nest, but it combos well with the throne if you can get a bunch of insects out.

Replace the 2 Vicious Conquistador and 2 Festering Mummy for 4x Night Market Lookout. The lookout is just really good at crewing the harvester, and it drains rather than just dealing damage. In this deck it gives you more value than the conquistador in the long run.

Then I'd replace the other 2 Festering Mummy for 2 Doomed Dissenter. Dissenter can take the -1/-1 counters from Plague Belcher and becomes a bigger creature which you can put more counters on if you want. Slightly more efficient than the mummy in that regard.

Overall though, the deck seems pretty sweet

Aragon_Neotrix on

3 weeks ago

Only Run 2 of each monument since there are much more useful artifacts you can be running like Metalspinner's Puzzleknot Implement of Malice Implement of Examination Vanquisher's Banner Thaumatic Compass  Flip or Sorcerous Spyglass

Ditch the Essence Extraction for kill spells or exile like Walk the Plank Vraska's Contempt or even Hour of Glory for budget.

MonochromeDisco on UG Pummeler

3 weeks ago

I had actually thought about Cartouche. I like that it draws, and it's definitely 100% interchangeable with One With the Wind. I just happen to not have any Cartouche of Knowledge at the moment and often find myself falling back on the Blossoming Defense + One With the Wind for lethal.

I was trying out Deathgorge Scavenger in the main to fill out slots, but it could easily be relegated to the board as you suggest. Rhonas the Indomitable I'm a little hesitant about in any deck because the only way to consistently have him active is to burn energy hexproofing your Bristling Hydra. If you slide out One With the Wind for Cartouche of Knowledge, there's also less ways to make him active.

Perhaps Cartouche of Knowledge, 1x Rhonas the Indomitable and 2x Aethersphere Harvester/Sorcerous Spyglass if you wanted to move Deathgorge Scavenger to the board. You'd only have the slots for 2, but I'm not 100% that you need all 3. I was experimenting.

Kaeryth on Cats & Cats (Featuring Cats)

4 weeks ago

Sorry for late reply, been busy with work.

Feral Prowler and Anointer Priest are very low-impact here, and Regal Caracal should absolutely be a 4-of in the deck because it's so damn good.

As I've already said, your land base is way too small for a deck that tops out on 6 drops. 24 lands at least.

As for the sideboard, the reason you sideboard cards like Slice in Twain, Decommission and Prowling Serpopard are they're very low-impact if your opponent isn't playing cards they're teched against. I don't know if you know much card game fu but we call these tech cards, or hate cards. They're slotted in from your sideboard depending on the matchup to hate on your opponent's strategy, i.e. counter it. And you only have so many slots in a deck, it's a horrible idea to leave a bunch of random hate cards in mainboard.

So for an example sideboard, in my own cat deck Selesnya Cats:
2x Field of Ruin
3x Fragmentize
3x Heroic Intervention
3x Prowling Serpopard
2x Settle the Wreckage
2x Sorcerous Spyglass
Do you see the point here? Cards to answer different archetypes. I recommend running something similar. Your sideboard right now is just a bunch of pretty bad creatures you would never want to mainboard in.

To summarise: More lands, swap creature base a bit, put the hate cards in sideboard.

Lilo on Tezzeret control/combo

1 month ago

I would put Crook of Condemnation in the sideboard with the Sorcerous Spyglass and run more Walking Ballista and more Marionette Master anyways good deck +1

multimedia on TheGuyWhoNeverGoes4o

1 month ago

Hey, welcome to TappedOut. Sorry for the late reply, but I wanted to give in depth answer to your question.

If you're dead set on playing Tezzeret then you can use the recent winning U/B Control lists as a base. I think you can use this base to improve your deck. By simply adding Tezzeret and Swindle/Master as a win condition once you have control of the game. Outside of Tezzeret and Master I think you're cutting you're chances to win too much with a lot of cards that are less good then pure control cards or The Scarab God. Mechanized Production, Metallurgic Summonings, Torment of Hailfire and Revel in Riches these are not good constructed playable win conditions; they're too slow requiring too much set-up without enough payoff.

These cards are fine for casual play with friends or FNM, but you're going to be disappointed if playing them entering a bigger more important tournament. I don't like Riches because if you're playing it then you're also playing Treasure Map  Flip and with Map and/or Swindle using treasures to draw cards or play spells is much better than hopefully saving up until you get to 10 treasures to win the game.

I'm going to give you three different versions to consider, hopefully giving you some ideas from each version. First a control version that uses Tezzeret, Swindle/Master and Azcanta. The second version is improvise artifacts with Tezzeret, Swindle/Master, Rebuke, Map and Herald of Anguish. The third version is a mixing of the first two versions, it's Tezzeret control with artifacts.

The second and third versions are most likely what you're looking for because both gets more use out of Tezzeret, but I don't think either is good enough to take to a PPTQ. They're both more fun than the first version, if fun is more important than being competitive. The first version is the more competitive of the three versions. It's definitely not better than straight U/B Control with Scarab God. Different yes, better no.

Whatever deck you bring to the PPTQ it really needs to have a strong matchup vs Temur Energy, have main deck answers to The Scarab God and have a good sideboard plan vs Runamp Red. Temur, Red and U/B Control are most likely going to be the three most played decks at the tournament.


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Mike1987 on Horses ftw

1 month ago

I like the combination of Sorcerous Spyglass and Gideon's Intervention. personally i'm aware of the lack of card draw in white, so i wanted to try and get more value out of my cards with the option to cycle or get card draw with another effect. hence Ritual of Rejuvenation, Renewed Faith, Bright Reprisal. I also want the deck to mainly focus on the Crested Sunmares, so i need plenty of life gain options for both my turn and my opponents. If by some chance i lose the ability to play the sunmares and can't get them back (Lost Legacy), i have Approach of the Second Sun for backup... but yeah. also life gain and the removal in the deck obviously helps keep me alive long enough.

soupdragons on U/B m

1 month ago

I play U/B mill and from my experience you aren't going to need the Telling Time. You can probably take that out as well as Doom Blade for a playset of Go for the Throat for removal. You also might wanna sideboard or mainboard stuff like Wall of Frost or Sorcerous Spyglass for protection. You also might want to throw in a few Dimir Aqueducts or some Evolving Wilds to trigger Hedron Crab. Other than that the deck is looking good! Hope you take home some wins with it.

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